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Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…
Reb Nosson wrote: “It is forbidden, and in truth it is not possible, to stubbornly demand things of G-d. We should only request and beg with many petitions and supplications, and G-d will do what is good.”
What does this mean to me?
|The sages said that one should fix times for Torah study every day, but that prayer should not be “fixed.” They concluded, “Rather, it should be pleading for compassion and supplications before the Creator.”|
Rebbe Nachman provided insight into the meaning of a “fixed” prayer. Certainly it cannot mean that one should not have set times for prayer—that is a halachic reality, a spiritual necessity. The fixed prayer has to do with attitude; being rigid and demanding about what I believe that I need from G-d. When a person’s prayer is too rigid, it’s as though he’s trying to steal something from on high. Whether or not it’s really coming to him, he wants it. The inflexibility demonstrates a lack of acceptance that, ultimately, G-d will do what is best for me…and that only He knows what is best for me.
I am free in prayer to express all my yearning and all my need before G-d, and my turning to Him is precious because it shows that I know how dependent I am on Him. I pray because this is how I build the bond between us, and I can only express my needs as I see them. At the same time, the animating spirit of my prayer is that of acceptance of G-d’s will and acknowledgement that G-d’s solutions or time frame might be vastly different from what I had in mind.
Loving, caring G-d,
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When I read this last piece, it shows me that I must never give up. It makes clear that Hashem is in control of everything; and I do not want to do anything without His help… I need to learn to ask, and to listen, and to carry out G-d’s message. Please, G-d, help me in this area!
In reference to recent post on Narrow Bridge.Org, “Beneath Your Dignity”
*“The Gentle Weapon: Prayers for Everyday and Not-So-Everyday Moments – Timeless Wisdom from the Teachings of the Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov” by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Adapted by Moshe Mykoff & S.C. Mizrahi with the Breslov Research Institute, 1999. Permission granted by Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT, www.jewishlights.com.
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